Senior investigative reporter Charles Robinson took time to join the Sports Insider live from London to discuss the recently disclosed verdict for the Penn State football program.
The NCAA issued multiple sanctions on the program, including a fine of 60 million dollars, a suspension of a high percentage of annual scholarships, even vacating all victories for the program under Joe Paterno from the years of 1998 through 2011. The latter sanction means that Paterno is no longer the winningest coach in collegiate football history, but instead drops to fourth on the all-time list.
Robinson discusses many of the side effects of the harsh punishments, including how the 60-million dollar fine may affect Penn State’s financial support of many of its other athletic programs. No longer can the school rely on its revenue from football to help contribute to its peripheral athletic programs. Now, not only can Penn State not have the money to sufficiently finance its football program in the immediate future, the school will neither be able to sufficiently finance the other athletic programs as they once could with a thriving football program.
Robinson continues to discuss how the NCAA went about making the sanctions, saying how completely extraordinary the severity of the punishments were. He describes president Mark Emmert as the man who decided that it was his time to make a decision despite the potential backlash, and utilized his available power to make a statement. Robinson does not, however, believe Emmert will parley this decision to win potential power as a commissioner.
Will this decision mark the end of NCAA schools acting in complete disregard of the NCAA and the overall moral code of the fans? Hear that answer and the complete interview between Brian and Charles here: